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Raghuram Rajan

Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance, Chicago Booth
Former Governor, Reserve Bank of India
Raghuram Rajan is the Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago’s Booth School. He has served as Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund (2003-2006), Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India (2012-13), the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (2013-2016), and Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Bank for International Settlements (2015-16). Dr. Rajan’s research interests are in banking, corporate finance, and economic development, fields in which he has published over a hundred papers and articles in top journals. His book Fault Lines (2010) won the Financial Times prize for best business book and his book The Third Pillar: How Markets and the State hold the Community Behind (2019) was a finalist for the award. His most recent book (December 2023) is Breaking the Mold: Reimagining India’s Economic Future, with Rohit Lamba Dr. Rajan received the American Finance Association’s (AFA) inaugural Fischer Black Prize in 2003 for the best finance researcher under the age of 40, the Deutsche Bank Prize for financial economics in 2013, Euromoney magazine’s Central Banker of the Year award in 2014, and The Banker magazine's Global Central Banker award in 2016. Time magazine chose Dr. Rajan as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016. Dr. Rajan was the President of the AFA in 2011. He is currently the Chairman of the Per Jacobsson Foundation, a Senior Economic Advisor to BDT Capital and a Managing Director at Andersen. He is also a member of the Group of Thirty, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Economic Advisory Panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the IMF Managing Director’s External Advisory Group, as well as of the Governing Board of KREA University.